Chinese Evergreen 'Butterfly'

A Beginner's Guide to Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ Plant Care | All you Need to Grow

Family: Araceae 
Common Name: Butterfly Chinese Evergreen
Botanical Name: aglaonema commutatum ‘Butterfly’

Adorn your home with the stunning Chinese Evergreen 'Butterfly'! Its gorgeous pink stems and mottled leaves will put your guests in awe - and it'll be a breeze to care for, since it's low-maintenance and low-light tolerant. Give your home the gift of greenery with this beautiful aglaonema!

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Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ do best in bright, indirect light. Although this plant can survive in low-light conditions, it may not thrive or grow as much. Don’t allow this plant near dimly lit corners with no natural light. Also, avoid this plant being exposed to the direct sunlight, especially during the “sunniest” times of the day. You can use an artificial light source if needed. We suggest a grow light that is made for indoor plants. This will help give your plant the necessary light spectrum for growth.


Your Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ should be watered every 1-2 weeks during the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, you should reduce how often you water this plant. It is important to water your plant when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. Water the plant until you see that the water is beginning to drain from the bottom of the pot. Ensure you don’t allow the plant to sit in standing water. 


Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ prefer a well-draining pot mix that lets the water to flow out easily and prevents the roots from sitting in standing water. This plant likes slightly acidic to neutral soil pH. You can use a peat-based potting mix and add perlite or vermiculite, which will enhance drainage, benefitting the plant’s root health. 


It is best for Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ plants to be in average room temperatures that are between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C). Try to not expose your plant to temperatures that are under 60 degrees for a long amount of time, as this can cause cold damage to your plant! 


The Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ thrives most in moderate to high humidity levels. We suggest that you aim for a humidity level that is around 40% to 60%. To increase the humidity levels surrounding your plant, you can group plants together, put a tray of water near the plant. Or mist the leaves with avoid (avoiding water on the flowers)!


Your Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ should be fertilized every 4-6 weeks during the spring and summer. You shouldn’t fertilize this plant in the fall and winter. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer with a ratio of 20-20-20 or similar. Don’t apply fertilizer to a dry or stressed plant, as this can lead to fertilizer burn.

Growth Rate

The mature height that Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ plants can reach on average is around 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) tall. This plants growth rate and height truly depend on factors such as light, temperature, humidity, and the care it’s provided!

Pet Friend or Foe 

Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ are mildly toxic to pets! Foe! 

Pro Tips

  1. Chinese Evergreen ‘Butterfly’ plants can tolerate lower light conditions, but brighter light may encourage more vibrant leaf colors!
  2. Avoid your plant being exposed to fluctuations in the weather.
  3. Repot your plant very 1-2 years or when it becomes root bound. You should repot this plant in the spring.
  4. You should occasionally rotate your plant to ensure even growth!
  5. When you bring your plant home, give it some time to become adjusted to its new environment.

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